- Series: General Topics
A HEART-CONDITION-CAUSED FLOOD
1. Heart condition.
2. Abundance of the heart.
1. HEART CONDITION
A. Gen. 6:5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
1. What is the condition of our heart?
A. The condition of the heart in Gen. 6:5 was evil.
1. Every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
B. What are our thoughts?
1. If someone continually meditates on something, he will be consumed by it.
A. We should be meditating in God’s Word.
1. Psalms 1:1-2 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.
2. Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
B. If we continually meditate on God’s Word, then we
will be consumed by good.
C. Our thoughts will determine the condition of our heart.
1. Phil. 2:5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.
A. Even from a young age, Christ had His mind right.
1. Luke 2:49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
2. The condition of His heart was right because He was about the Father’s business?
3. Apply the law of excluded middle here.
A. If we are about the Father’s business, then we cannot be about evil.
B. If we are about evil, then we cannot be about the Father’s business.
2. ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART
A. They had an abundance of evil because they filled themselves with evil.
1. It is out of this abundance that shows our character.
A. Luke 6:43-46 For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasures of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
1. In Gen. 6:5, the tree was evil and it produced bad fruit.
A. This is the reason that situational ethics cannot be right.
1. Bad cannot produce good.
2. Good can only produce good.
B. Then the question has to be asked: Who is good?
1. And the answer is: God.
A. Luke 18:19 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is God.”
2. So in order to produce the proper good fruit, we must ask what God say about the proper fruit.
A. Gal. 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
3. The bad fruit is found here in Galatians as well.
A. Gal 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
1. It is fair to conclude that these are the things that they dwelled upon back in Genesis when God destroyed them by flood.
2. It is also fair to conclude that if these things were in their heart, then this is what they were teaching others because of the principle Luke recorded.
A. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
B. God promised to never destroy the earth by flood again but if we have the same heart condition they had and refuse to repent as they did, then we will be destroyed as well.
1. Luke 13 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
2. Acts 17:30-31 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.
1. Heart condition matters in our salvation and will determine the ultimate outcome of whether we are pleasing to God or whether we grieve God as the people did in Gen. 6:7.
2 The question must be asked-- What is the abundance of your heart?
A. Are your thoughts on evil?
1. Therefore producing evil fruit.
B. Or are your thoughts good?
1. Therefore producing good fruit.
C. The flood was caused by a bad heart condition.
1. Would your heart condition cause the flood?